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Black History Month

Join Us for Events All Month Long!

February is Black History Month, a time to recognize, celebrate, and honor the rich and diverse history and important contributions and achievements of African Americans. We’re celebrating all month with free events and programs for all ages in our libraries, including author events, film screenings, storytelling, spoken word performances, performing arts, and art activities. Check out the event listing on this page to find an event near you!

The holiday is particularly relevant to A C Bilbrew Library; it houses our Black Resource Center, which was established in 1978 to serve the informational and educational needs of African Americans and the larger population by supporting research and study on social, historical and cultural aspects unique to the African American experience.

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History of Black History Month

Black History Month is an annual observance in February, celebrating the past and present achievements of African Americans.

In 1915, Dr. Carter G. Woodson—historian, teacher, and author—founded the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH).  In February 1926, Woodson proposed the establishment of Negro History Week to honor the history of African Americans, and their contributions to American life. Dr. Woodson, known as the Father of Black History, chose the second week of February because it commemorates the birthdays of 2 men who greatly affected the African American community: Abraham Lincoln (February 12) and Frederick Douglass (February 14). Negro History Week became Black History Week in the early 1970s. In 1976, the week-long observance was expanded to a month in honor of the nation’s bicentennial.

Black History Month continues to be sponsored by ASALH, its founding organization, who also designates its annual theme. The 2020 theme is African Americans and the Vote.

Black History Month Events

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sat01feb2:00 pm3:00 pmLACMA Family Art Worskshop2:00 pm - 3:00 pm A C Bilbrew LibraryAudience:Children,Family,TeensCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

sat01feb2:00 pm4:00 pmBlack History Month / el mes de la historia afromericana : Quilt Code Cards2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Hawaiian Gardens LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

sat01feb2:30 pm4:00 pmFeaturedFilm Screening - Black Indians: An American Story2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Huntington Park LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:American Indian Resource Center,Black History Month,Film

mon03feb4:00 pm5:00 pmArt of the Harlem Renaissance4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Stevenson Ranch LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month,History

mon03feb5:00 pm7:00 pmCinema Monday5:00 pm - 7:00 pm West Covina LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Film

tue04feb4:00 pm5:00 pmTeen Tuesdays: Trivia Game4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Paramount LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Black History Month,Games

tue04feb4:00 pm5:00 pmRenaissance L.A.4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Lake Los Angeles LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Black History Month,Girl Empowerment,History,Music & Dance

tue04feb6:15 pm7:15 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards6:15 pm - 7:15 pm Charter Oak LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

tue04feb7:00 pm8:15 pmWomen and Books Book Club: Washington Black7:00 pm - 8:15 pm West Hollywood LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Book Club

wed05feb3:30 pm4:30 pmStorytelling with Michael McCarty3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Acton Agua Dulce LibraryAudience:Adults,Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Storytelling

wed05feb4:00 pm5:00 pmDjembe Drum Workshop4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Lake Los Angeles LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

thu06feb10:30 am11:30 amBook Club10:30 am - 11:30 am Hermosa Beach LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Book Club

thu06feb3:30 pm5:00 pmMākMō: Constellations Box3:30 pm - 5:00 pm La Crescenta LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,MākMō,STEAM

thu06feb6:00 pm7:00 pmBlack History Month Art Activity: Quilt Code Cards6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Sunkist LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

fri07feb3:00 pm4:00 pmMākMō: Constellation Box for Black History Month3:00 pm - 4:00 pm South El Monte LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month,History,MākMō,Science & Mathematics,STEAM

sat08feb11:00 am11:45 amTalking Drums11:00 am - 11:45 am West Hollywood LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Storytelling

sat08feb12:00 pm1:30 pmFilm Screening: American Experience - Jesse Owens12:00 pm - 1:30 pm Florence LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:~Bilingual,~en Español,Black History Month,Film

sat08feb2:00 pm3:00 pmWe Shall Overcome: The History of African American Music2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Lancaster LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,History,Music & Dance

sat08feb2:00 pm3:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards2:00 pm - 3:00 pm West Hollywood LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

sat08feb2:00 pm3:00 pmAfrican Dance Workshop2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Clifton M. Brakensiek LibraryAudience:Adults,FamilyCategories:Black History Month

sat08feb2:00 pm3:00 pmAfrican Djembe Drum Workshop2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Quartz Hill LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,History,Music & Dance,Storytelling,Workshop

sat08feb2:00 pm3:00 pmBlack History Month Mask Art2:00 pm - 3:00 pm San Gabriel LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

sat08feb2:00 pm4:00 pmFeaturedBuilding Black Transatlantic Networks: Redux2:00 pm - 4:00 pm A C Bilbrew LibraryAudience:Adults,TeensCategories:Black History Month,African American Resource Center,History,Resource Center

sat08feb2:00 pm4:00 pmSaturday Cinema: Harriet 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm South Whittier LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Film

mon10feb4:00 pm5:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards4:00 pm - 5:00 pm East Rancho Dominguez LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

mon10feb4:00 pm5:30 pmCelebrate Black History Month4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Angelo M. Iacoboni LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

mon10feb4:00 pm6:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Code Cards4:00 pm - 6:00 pm Willowbrook LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

mon10feb6:00 pm7:00 pmBook Club: The Hate U Give6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Pico Rivera LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Book Club

mon10feb6:00 pm7:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm South Whittier LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

mon10feb6:00 pm7:30 pmDocumentary: Whose Streets?6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Topanga LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Film

mon10feb6:30 pm7:30 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Stevenson Ranch LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

tue11feb10:30 am11:00 amAfrican Dance Rhythms10:30 am - 11:00 am Manhattan Beach LibraryAudience:Babies & Toddlers,Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance,Storytelling

tue11feb3:00 pm4:30 pmBlack History Month for Teens: Galaxy Box with MākMō3:00 pm - 4:30 pm El Monte LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Black History Month,MākMō,STEAM

tue11feb4:00 pm5:00 pmTalking Drums4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Alondra LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,History,Music & Dance,Storytelling

tue11feb4:00 pm5:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Code Cards4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Baldwin Park LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month,History

tue11feb4:30 pm5:30 pmDrum Circle with Chazz4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Littlerock LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

tue11feb5:00 pm6:00 pmConstellation Box5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Florence LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Black History Month,MākMō,Space and the Night Sky,STEAM

tue11feb5:00 pm6:30 pmHistory of Comedy with Darryl Littleton5:00 pm - 6:30 pm West Hollywood LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month

tue11feb5:00 pm7:00 pmMākMō For Teens: Constellations Box 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm South Whittier LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month,MākMō

tue11feb5:00 pm7:00 pmMākMō For Teens: Constellations Box 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm South Whittier LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month,MākMō

tue11feb6:00 pm7:00 pmBack History Month Art Activity: Quilt Code Cards6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Lomita LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

tue11feb6:00 pm7:00 pmUnderground Railroad Quilt Codes6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Norwood LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

tue11feb6:00 pm7:00 pmBlack History Month Book Club6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Littlerock LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Book Club

tue11feb6:00 pm7:00 pmDjembe Drum Workshop6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Acton Agua Dulce LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance,Workshop

tue11feb6:00 pm7:30 pmFilm Discussion: Faubourg Treme - The Untold Story of Black New Orleans6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Quartz Hill LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Film,History

wed12feb3:00 pm4:00 pmKids Club: Black History Month3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Lawndale LibraryAudience:ChildrenCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month,History

wed12feb3:30 pm4:30 pmAfrican Dance Rhythms3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Montebello LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

wed12feb3:30 pm4:30 pmBlack History Month: Kids Get the Blues, Too!3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Lomita LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

wed12feb6:00 pm7:00 pmCelebrate Black History Month: Dance Around the World with Teresa Smith6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Artesia LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

sat15feb11:00 am12:30 pmConstellations Box11:00 am - 12:30 pm Artesia LibraryAudience:Adults,TeensCategories:Black History Month,MākMō,STEAM

sat15feb1:00 pm2:00 pmAfrican Dance Workshop1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Woodcrest LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

sat15feb2:00 pm3:00 pmLACMA Family Art Worskshop2:00 pm - 3:00 pm A C Bilbrew LibraryAudience:Children,Family,TeensCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

sat15feb2:00 pm3:00 pmJungle Drum Circles2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Willowbrook LibraryAudience:FamilyCategories:Black History Month

sat15feb2:00 pm3:30 pmFeaturedTribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr: Speeches and Songs2:00 pm - 3:30 pm A C Bilbrew LibraryAudience:Adults,TeensCategories:Black History Month,African American Resource Center,History,Music & Dance,Resource Center

sat15feb2:00 pm4:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Code Cards2:00 pm - 4:00 pm La Verne LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month

sat15feb2:30 pm3:30 pmBlack History Month Art Project: Quilt Code Cards2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Castaic LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

sat15feb2:30 pm3:30 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards2:30 pm - 3:30 pm Hermosa Beach LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

tue18feb3:30 pm4:30 pmTeen Tuesdays: Black History Month Painting3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Diamond Bar LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

tue18feb4:00 pm5:00 pmAfrican Drum Circles with Chazz Ross4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Woodcrest LibraryAudience:ChildrenCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

tue18feb4:00 pm5:30 pmMākMō: Constellation Box4:00 pm - 5:30 pm City Terrace LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month,MākMō,Science & Mathematics,Space and the Night Sky

tue18feb4:30 pm6:30 pmMental Health Myth Busting4:30 pm - 6:30 pm Claremont Helen Renwick LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Health & Wellness

tue18feb5:00 pm6:00 pmArt for Adults: Quilt Codes5:00 pm - 6:00 pm View Park Bebe Moore Campbell LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

tue18feb5:00 pm6:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Acton Agua Dulce LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

tue18feb6:00 pm7:30 pmPaint Night6:00 pm - 7:30 pm Gardena Mayme Dear LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

tue18feb6:30 pm7:45 pmBorn A Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood by Trevor Noah6:30 pm - 7:45 pm La Crescenta LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Book Club

wed19feb11:00 am12:00 pmQuilt Code Cards11:00 am - 12:00 pm Paramount LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

wed19feb12:00 pm1:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards/El Mes de la Historia Afroamericana12:00 pm - 1:00 pm El Camino Real LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month

wed19feb2:30 pm4:00 pmMākMō Constellation Boxes2:30 pm - 4:00 pm Quartz Hill LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Black History Month,History,MākMō,STEAM

wed19feb3:00 pm4:00 pmFeaturedBlack History Month: Ragtime Music Concert3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Chet Holifield LibraryAudience:Adults,Children,Family,TeensCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

wed19feb3:00 pm4:00 pmQuilt Code Cards3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

wed19feb3:00 pm4:00 pmPaper Quilts for Teens3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Culver City Julian Dixon LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

wed19feb3:00 pm4:00 pmLearn N Make: Kwanzaa Playmats3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Graham LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

wed19feb3:30 pm4:30 pmAfrican Dance Rhythms with Teresa Smith3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Lennox LibraryAudience:Children,Family,TeensCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

wed19feb3:30 pm4:30 pmWest African Rhythms3:30 pm - 4:30 pm La Crescenta LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

wed19feb4:00 pm5:00 pmFreedom Quilts4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Bell Gardens LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

wed19feb5:00 pm7:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Code Cards5:00 pm - 7:00 pm Florence LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:~Bilingual,~en Español,Art Activity,Black History Month

wed19feb5:00 pm6:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards/El mes de la Historia Afromericana5:00 pm - 6:00 pm City Terrace LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

wed19feb5:30 pm6:30 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Code Cards5:30 pm - 6:30 pm South El Monte LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month,History

wed19feb5:30 pm6:30 pmBook Club for Adults5:30 pm - 6:30 pm San Fernando LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Book Club

wed19feb6:00 pm7:00 pmQuilt Code Cards6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Temple City LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

wed19feb6:00 pm7:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Wiseburn LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

wed19feb6:00 pm7:00 pmAfrican Dance Workshop6:00 pm - 7:00 pm La Crescenta LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Health & Wellness,Music & Dance,Workshop

thu20feb10:00 am11:00 amBlack History Month: Quilt Code Cards10:00 am - 11:00 am Hacienda Heights LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

thu20feb11:00 am12:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Code Cards11:00 am - 12:00 pm Hollydale LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

thu20feb2:00 pm3:00 pmBlack History Month Art Activity: Quilt Codes2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Lloyd Taber-Marina del Rey LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month,History

thu20feb3:30 pm4:15 pmBlack History Month Storyteller3:30 pm - 4:15 pm Lancaster LibraryAudience:ChildrenCategories:Black History Month,Storytelling

thu20feb4:00 pm5:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Graham LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

thu20feb4:00 pm5:00 pmAfrican Dance Rhythms4:00 pm - 5:00 pm A C Bilbrew LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month

thu20feb4:00 pm5:00 pmZomo the Trickster Rabbit4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Malibu LibraryAudience:Babies & Toddlers,Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Puppets,Storytelling

thu20feb6:00 pm7:00 pmAdult Book Club: Underground Railroad by Colson Whitehead6:00 pm - 7:00 pm Norwood LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Book Club

fri21feb12:00 pm1:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards12:00 pm - 1:00 pm Westlake Village LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

fri21feb3:30 pm4:30 pmCoretta Scott King Book Award Book Club3:30 pm - 4:30 pm Hermosa Beach LibraryAudience:ChildrenCategories:Black History Month,Book Club

sat22feb9:00 am12:00 pmFeaturedMay I Speak?? A Panel Discussion and Conversation9:00 am - 12:00 pm A C Bilbrew LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,African American Resource Center,Health & Wellness,History,Resource Center

sat22feb11:00 am12:00 pmQuilting Workshop11:00 am - 12:00 pm Agoura Hills LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Workshop

sat22feb1:00 pm2:00 pmSchool-Age Discovery Club: Freedom Quilt Coloring1:00 pm - 2:00 pm Bell LibraryAudience:ChildrenCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month,History

sat22feb2:00 pm3:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Bell Gardens LibraryAudience:Adults,FamilyCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

sat22feb2:00 pm3:00 pmJazz with Dr. Dawn Norfleet2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Diamond Bar LibraryAudience:Adults,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

sat22feb2:00 pm3:00 pmBeginning African-American Genealogy2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Lawndale LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,History

sat22feb2:00 pm3:00 pmAfrican Dance Rhythms2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Paramount LibraryAudience:Adults,Children,Family,TeensCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

sat22feb2:00 pm3:00 pmAfrican Djembe Drum Workshop2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Hacienda Heights LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,Workshop

sat22feb2:00 pm3:30 pmFeaturedConversations With The Queen: Corretta Scott King2:00 pm - 3:30 pm A C Bilbrew LibraryAudience:Adults,TeensCategories:Author Talks,Black History Month,African American Resource Center,Health & Wellness,History,Resource Center

sat22feb3:30 pm4:45 pmDorothy and Otto: The Dorothy Dandridge Affair3:30 pm - 4:45 pm West Hollywood LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,History,Theater

sat22feb4:00 pm5:00 pmMr. Marcus' Soul Music Show!4:00 pm - 5:00 pm View Park Bebe Moore Campbell LibraryAudience:Adults,Children,Family,TeensCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

sat22feb5:00 pm6:30 pmPaint Night for Adults5:00 pm - 6:30 pm View Park Bebe Moore Campbell LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

mon24feb4:00 pm5:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards4:00 pm - 5:00 pm La Cañada Flintridge LibraryAudience:Adults,TeensCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

mon24feb6:30 pm7:30 pmFamily Book Club for Ages 7 - 11: Muddy6:30 pm - 7:30 pm Agoura Hills LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Book Club

tue25feb4:00 pm5:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Lynwood LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month,Workshop

tue25feb4:30 pm5:30 pmTeen Book Club4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Hermosa Beach LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Black History Month,Book Club

tue25feb5:00 pm6:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards5:00 pm - 6:00 pm Chet Holifield LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

tue25feb5:00 pm6:00 pmWomen in Jazz Workshop and Concert5:00 pm - 6:00 pm A C Bilbrew LibraryAudience:Adults,TeensCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance,Workshop

tue25feb7:00 pm8:00 pmAmazing Stories with Michael D. McCarty7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Hacienda Heights LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Storytelling

wed26feb3:00 pm4:00 pmLearn N Make: Ice Cream Pom Pom3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Graham LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

wed26feb3:00 pm4:00 pmTalking Drums3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Huntington Park LibraryAudience:Adults,Babies & Toddlers,Children,Family,TeensCategories:Black History Month,History,Music & Dance,Storytelling

wed26feb4:00 pm5:00 pmFamily Storytime4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Florence LibraryAudience:Babies & Toddlers,Children,FamilyCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month,Storytime

wed26feb4:00 pm5:30 pmBlack History Month: Abstract Art on Canvas4:00 pm - 5:30 pm Lancaster LibraryAudience:TeensCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

thu27feb3:00 pm4:00 pmAfrican Dance Rhythms3:00 pm - 4:00 pm Graham LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

thu27feb4:00 pm5:00 pmFamily Storytime4:00 pm - 5:00 pm A C Bilbrew LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Storytime

sat29feb12:30 pm2:45 pmBeginning African American Genealogy / Using DNA Testing in Family Research12:30 pm - 2:45 pm Compton LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,History

sat29feb2:00 pm3:00 pmBlack History Month: Quilt Cards2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Montebello LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Art Activity,Black History Month

sat29feb2:00 pm3:00 pmBlack History Month Storytime: The Coretta Scott King Awards2:00 pm - 3:00 pm Hawthorne LibraryAudience:FamilyCategories:Black History Month

sat29feb2:00 pm4:00 pmFeaturedAfrican Dance Workshop2:00 pm - 4:00 pm Walnut LibraryAudience:Adults,TeensCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance,Workshop

sat29feb3:30 pm4:30 pmFeaturedA C Bilbrew Library Book Club Discussion3:30 pm - 4:30 pm A C Bilbrew LibraryAudience:AdultsCategories:Black History Month,African American Resource Center,Book Club,History,Resource Center

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thu05mar4:00 pm5:00 pmAfrican Dance with Teresa Smith4:00 pm - 5:00 pm Lynwood LibraryAudience:Children,FamilyCategories:Black History Month,Music & Dance

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Additional Information

Black Resource Center, LA County Library

Located in A C Bilbrew Library, the Black Resource Center was established as a special service of the LA County Library in 1978 to serve the informational and educational needs of African Americans and the larger population by supporting research and study on social, historical and cultural aspects unique to the African American experience.

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I Have A Dream Speech

One of most indelible speeches of the Civil Rights Movement is Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s eloquent speech I Have a Dream from the August 28, 1963, rally on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC.

Dr. King and other Black ministers formed the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC) in 1957 to expand the struggle against racism and discrimination. By early 1963, Dr. King and the SCLC launched non-violent demonstrations to protest racial discrimination in Birmingham, Alabama, then one of the most segregated cities in the United States. In reaction to the violent police actions, President John F. Kennedy proposed a wide-ranging civil rights legislation to Congress.

Dr. King along with other civil rights leaders then organized a massive march on Washington, DC, to urge Congress to pass Kennedy’s bill. On August 28, 1963, nearly a quarter of a million people gathered at the steps of the Lincoln Memorial to hear King and others. The highlight of the rally was Dr. King’s I Have a Dream speech which has since defined the civil rights movement, not only for African Americans but for all people.

The civil rights movement won a significant victory in 1964 when Congress passed The Civil Rights Act of 1964, prohibiting discrimination in public places and promoting equal opportunities in education and employment. Dr. King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 and is remembered today for his vision and his legacy.

For More Information

I Have a Dream Speech
Provides the text and audio of the speech delivered on the steps of the Lincoln Memorial on August 28, 1963.

The King Center
Dedicated to the preservation and advancement of Martin Luther King, Jr.’s work, the King Center offers a wide range of information ­biographical information on Dr. King and Coretta Scott King, the King Holiday and other historical information.

The Seattle Times: Martin Luther King
Contains stories and photos from the Seattle Times as wells as time lines for Martin Luther King and for the Civil Rights movement. Click on His Words to hear excerpts from King’s most famous speeches, including two excerpts from I Have a Dream and one from the speech Dr. King gave the day before he was assassinated in 1968.

The King Papers Project (Stanford University)
The project is a major research effort to assemble and disseminate information about Martin Luther King and the social movements he worked for. The Frequently Requested Documents include the I Have a Dream speech which can be viewed in multiple languages by clicking on the flag icons. The site also includes biographical information, King’s sermons and other material.

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Lift Every Voice and Sing Anthem

Often referred to as the Negro National Anthem, this song was written by James Weldon Johnson and his brother J. Rosamond Johnson in 1900 for the celebration of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. It was originally performed by children at its premiere in Jacksonville, Florida. James W. Johnson was a notable poet who later went on to become one of the founders of the National Association for Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). Rosamond Johnson was a successful composer of music for Broadway.

 

Lift evry voice and sing,

Till earth and heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of Liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise
High as the listning skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

Stony the road we trod,
Bitter the chastning rod,
Felt in the days when hope unborn had died;
Yet with a steady beat,
Have not our weary feet
Come to the place for which our fathers sighed?
We have come over a way that with tears has been watered.
We have come, treading our path through the blood of the slaughtered,
Out from the gloomy past,
Till now we stand at last
Where the white gleam of our bright star is cast.

God of our weary years,
God of our silent tears,
Thou who hast brought us thus far on the way;
Thou who hast by Thy might,
Led us into the light,
Keep us forever in the path, we pray.
Lest our feet stray from the places, our God, where we met Thee,
Lest our hearts, drunk with the wine of the world, we forget Thee;
Shadowed beneath Thy hand,
May we forever stand,
True to our God,
True to our native land.

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